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bar·​ber ˈbär-bər How to pronounce barber (audio)
: one whose business is cutting and dressing hair, shaving and trimming beards, and performing related services


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barbered; barbering ˈbär-b(ə-)riŋ How to pronounce barber (audio)

transitive verb

: to perform the services of a barber for : trim or groom the hair or beard of

intransitive verb

: to perform the services of a barber

Examples of barber in a Sentence

Noun He goes to a barber downtown. went to the barber to get his hair cut and his beard trimmed
Recent Examples on the Web
Travis Kelce's barber, Patrick Regan, is sharing sweet new insights about the NFL star's relationship with Taylor Swift. Natasha Dye, Peoplemag, 3 June 2024 Now, local barbers in Texas and Louisiana have created a safe space for men to come together and have open dialogues about their mental health – in barbershops, a place where conversation is already part of the culture. Lataya Rothmiller, ABC News, 30 May 2024
Summer in the City, a revamp of the city’s Safe Summer program addressing juvenile crime, will now allow younger youth into its doors for a 5-day program, complete with classes ranging from cooking to barbering. Sarah Nelson, The Indianapolis Star, 25 May 2023 From the porch of his childhood home in Cherry Hill to barber shops across Baltimore, Troy Staton, 52, has cut hair for nearly four decades. Tatyana Turner,, 14 Dec. 2020 See all Example Sentences for barber 

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Word History



Middle English, from Anglo-French barbour, from barbe beard — more at barb

First Known Use


14th century, in the meaning defined above


circa 1616, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of barber was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Barber.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a person whose business is cutting and dressing hair and shaving beards
barber verb


Middle English barber "barber," from early French barbour (same meaning), derived from Latin barba "beard" — related to barb

Biographical Definition


biographical name

Bar·​ber ˈbär-bər How to pronounce Barber (audio)
Samuel 1910–1981 American composer

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